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Yale offers four entrepreneurship prizes, which share a single application and are open to all Yale students. These prizes are designed to generate world-changing ideas around health, education, environment, equality, sustainability, and technology.

2019 PRIZES

Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education

This $25,000 cash prize is awarded by InnovateHealth Yale to the best student-led venture focused on social innovation in health or education.

 

Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize

The Sabin Prize, managed by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, awards a $25,000 cash prize to students and/or faculty with the best ideas for products, services, projects, or programs that advance a more sustainable way of life.

 

Miller Prize

This $25,000 cash prize is awarded by the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale to the best student-led venture with a tech or tech-enabled service startup.

 

Rothberg Catalyzer Prize @ Yale

This $15,000 cash prize is awarded by the Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking to the best student-led venture focused on developing an innovative hardware solution to a medical challenge.

 

Finalists for all four prizes will pitch before panels of expert judges at Startup Yale. Winners of the Thorne, Sabin, and Miller Prizes all receive automatic acceptance into the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale Summer Fellowship, a two-month summer bootcamp for accelerating ventures that includes $15,000 in funding, mentorship, pitching opportunities, training, and community-building events.

APPLY!

Apply for mentorship (due 1/25)

To support your prize application and pitch prep, we will match you with a mentor or industry expert who will work with you during the spring semester. To be matched with a mentor, submit a Mentor Request Form by 11:59pm on January 25. Please note: this is optional; you don’t need a mentor to apply for the prize!

Prize application (due 3/8)

The final prize application is due at 11:59pm on March 8. Apply here!

For more information about the prizes and selection process, please see these FAQs.

Team members from prizewinner Penta.

 Additional Prizes

For each of the four prizes, audience members will be invited to vote for their favorite team. The chosen team from each set of finalists will win an Audience Choice Prize of $500. 

MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network & Training) will award the $2000 MIINT Prize to the most investable idea at Startup Yale.